Written in an accessible and jargon-free style, this book provides a comprehensive, student-friendly guide to the nature and use of case study research.
Whether as part of a more substantial study or as the foundation for a self-contained smaller project, case studies provide viable and valuable alternatives to conducting large-scale research. Grounded in both theory and practice, this book sets out not only the key debates and ethical issues surrounding case study research, but also focuses specifically on the work of others and how you can understand, use, and write about secondary data as the basis for your own research project. With tips, examples, and extensive discussion of real-world case studies from a variety of social science and other disciplines, Tight illustrates the kinds of research to which case studies can be applied. Topics include:
Types of case studies
Advantages and disadvantages to using case studies
The meaning and value of case study research
The use of case studies in different disciplines and research designs
Whether you want to know how to access and use the case studies of others or understand the methods behind conducting your own case study research, this book will take you through every step of the process!
Malcolm Tight is a Professor in the Educational Research department at Lancaster University.
Part A: What is a Case Study? Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Origins and Applications of Case Study Chapter 3: Key Debates in Case Study Research Part B: Using Case Study Chapter 4: The Value of Case Study Chapter 5: The Use of Case Study in Different Disciplines Chapter 6: Case Studies in Mixed/Combined Research Designs Chapter 7: Learning from Case Study Part C: Carrying Out a Case Study Chapter 8: Selection, Context & Theory in Case Study Chapter 9: Method, Analysis & Reporting in Case Study Chapter 10: Conclusion